Boone Trail Highway Monument

East Main Street at the Washington County Courthouse, Jonesborough, TN


Boone Trail Highway Monument

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From 1913 and 1938, J.(Joseph) Hampton Rich, of Mocksville, NC placed 358 metal tablets between Virginia Beach, VA and San Francisco, CA to keep the memory of Daniel Boone alive. Many of the tablets were associated with locations visited by Boone, many were simply placed wherever Mr. Rich could collect the necessary donations to erect a monument. He established the Boone Trail Highway Association to further his project. Supposedly, the tablets were constructed from metal salvaged from the battleship USS Maine, sunk during Spanish-American War in 1898. Typically, the tablets were located near schools, government buildings or along old highway routes. Many of the markers have now been lost to highway construction and general urban sprawl. In the late-1990s, a group of descendants of Daniel Boone established the Boone Trail Highway & Memorial Re-Association with the intent of locating the markers which remained. Approximately 60 tablets have been located thus far.

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  • November 18, 2013: Added by Michael Miller

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